DATE POSTED Sunday, 2023-01-29
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Chronicles 16:39; 41;
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 39 Meanwhile, David stationed Zadok the priest and his fellow priests at the Tabernacle of the Lord at the place of worship in Gibeon, where they continued to minister before the Lord.
41 David also appointed Heman, Jeduthun, and the others chosen by name to give thanks to the Lord, for “his faithful love endures forever.”
APPLICATION: To give you a little insight into what I saw as I read this Scripture, imagine a new pastor beginning at your church, and in his first meeting with the leadership, he requests a fairly large number of workers to see that the ministry he feels led of God to carry out, is effective. He envisions lots of young families to attend, so there will be a need for adequate childcare; children’s ministry; married couple’s ministry; mom’s day out ministry; then there’s discipleship offered by older men to young men, and the same for the women; ministry to the elderly and shut-ins; prayer and evangelism workers who will work with church attendees who respond to the Gospel message; at least a 12-hour presence in the sanctuary ever day of the week to pray with folk that may walk in; outreach to the lost in the community; visitation and prayer with the hospitalized; and more – as God directs. What do you suppose this leadership team will do with this pastor? Or do you suppose this will acknowledge his vision and do everything they could for this pastor and his vision? I bet you may never have thought of all these ministries taking place in your church, especially since you only tend to attend the Sunday morning service! I find it interesting to stop and consider the needs of a church when I attend. Last Sunday, my wife and I attended Sunday School. It occurred 1 hour before the regular morning worship service. I was well aware that visitors were not expected. There was no one to greet us, even though we saw several attending to the various doors when it was about for the Worship Service to begin. There were no signs pointing visitors to a class, and some members that we asked wasn’t even sure where they should send us. I did something similar another time, when I attended the Wednesday night prayer and bible study of a different church. I wasn’t sure which door to enter, and once inside, I could not figure out where the adults were meeting. No one thought to welcome me, nor ask why I was there. Finally, after some questioning, one lady spoke up and offered to take me to the mixed group that she was attending. Now, in spite of all said, I was so impressed with the teaching that night that I made that my new church home. But what if your church wanted to introduce one or more ministries, and they wanted each ministry to have the same, or similar, workers as available on Sunday morning throughout their sanctuary? I believe each of you will agree that we shouldn’t expect anything less, right? After all, each time we meet we expect God to move. And because of this, we want the unsaved to attend. And we don’t want a recurrence of what I experienced at the midweek service or at Sunday School. Now we might be tempted to say that David had a lot more folk available to him to man the Tabernacle, but I really think that we should look inward and see what we could do to fill the gaps, instead of looking for ways to complain of the inadequacies and gaps at our church. There’s a saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. I like that, but I also feel like it takes all of us to do our part in making our church a welcoming place, and one that truly does what it’s mission should be all about – disciplining (teaching and growing) the saved; evangelizing (a call to salvation in Jesus Christ) the unsaved attendees; and outreach to members of our community. I believe that God would say that it takes the church ‘village’ to accomplish this mission, not just the Pastor or his elders and/or deacons. Also, consider stragglers walking along our streets who suddenly feel the need to meet with Jesus, or a call on their life for salvation. Will they find help at your church? Almost all of our churches are barred up, due to crime, while members sit at home watching television or joining in on the community gossip channel! How will they find Jesus if we neglect doing our part to teach and show them the Jesus that lives inside of us?
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God’s faithful love endures forever!
PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for blessing me with a good church home, awesome fellow believers and teachers, and a heart that wants to learn more and more about you and Your Kingdom. I’m still far from perfect, so I really need Your touch on my life and a renewed desire to do everything I can for the good of Your Kingdom. Please speak to my readers and listeners, and help us all to stop assigning visitation, evangelism, outreach, welcoming and everything else to our Pastor. I believe Your Word is clear that the ‘church’ must be the ‘church’ – Your arm of ministry to touch the hearts of the lost in our community. People we know, love, and come across every day, need the Lord – the same Lord that we boast of having inside of us. Teach us Lord to willingly share Your love and ministry with others who also need You. David showed us that for ministry to take place, he had to assign various aspects of it to his people. Help us Lord to share the various aspects of ministry today with all who would join hands with us in sharing Your love with others. Have Your will and way in Your church, and in the lives of all who call You Savior and Lord. The lost needs what we have, please teach us to be generous in sharing and giving Your love to them. AMEN!
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